French Canadian Pea Soup

Ah, pea soup. I love French Canadian style – loved it when I was a kid – especially when served at Festival du Voyageur activities in my hometown!.

I loved it when I first moved out on my own, living on the cheap, and buying the “Habitant” canned stuff like it was going out fo style.

Now, as an expatriate Canadian.. I may love it even more! Unlike many of the other homeland foods I adore, this one is easily made, with almost all of the ingredients being available locally. Sure, you can’t get *proper* summer savory in Minnesota – but you CAN beg friends to bring some back from vacations on Canada’s east coast! (Thank you Laura and Andrew, you’re awesome and I adore you for it!)

This makes a LOT of soup. Because soup isn’t an everyday kind of thing to make, I like to make a large batch, and freeze most of it – it freezes / thaws beautifully.

This version is a bit easier than the 100% traditional way, which uses a ham bone in it. Feel free to add a ham bone in with the water, pulling it out as the mixture gets thick, though. I just find it convenient to use the small, boneless ham chunks for this!

French Canadian Pea Soup

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3 thoughts on “French Canadian Pea Soup

  1. 5 stars
    I have made this many, MANY, times, and I love it every time I have made it. So has everyone else! It’s hearty, full of Ham, and so much flavour! It also freezes well, and reheats well. I’ve even spooned it over rice, to see what it was like, and I loved it that way too! I recommend using a picnic ham VS the small little tiny pressed hams you can buy in the store (which are usually almost 10$ for one of those tiny little things, while you get more bang for your buck for the massive picnic/easter hams). This is also, in my opinion, one of those soups that just gets tastier and tastier with time (i.e – leave overnight in the fridge, and have the next day). Don’t get me wrong, it is super yummy fresh made too! Can’t wait for hams to go on sale again to make another batch or two to freeze! Thanks, Marie, for yet another tasty recipe ^.^

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